CFP: Early Modern Medievalisms (Netherlands) (5/1/07; 8/21/08-8/23/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Romburgh, S. van


International Conference
Early Modern Medievalisms: The Interplay between Scholarly Reflection
and Artistic Production
University of Leiden (The Netherlands), 21-23 August 2008

The early modern period was marked by plural discourses on the Middle
Ages. Both scholarly work and artistic production created images of the
philological Middle Ages, the imagined Middle Ages, the utopian Middle
Ages, and even the anti-Middle Ages. Although this plurality was
certainly conditioned by the early modern period's relation to
Antiquity, it also reflected an interest in the Middle Ages as such.
Paradoxically, early modern medievalism can therefore be conceived as a
form of classicism as well as anti-classicism, exoticism as well as

Emphasizing this diversity, the conference focuses on the interplay and
tensions between discourses, continuities and discontinuities, and
competing images of the medieval during the early modern period.

We invite papers that address these topics. We are particularly
interested in papers that explore one or several of three interrelated
1. The conceptualization of the medieval in early modern scholarship.
How was the medieval transformed into an object of study? Which topoi
did scholars and collectors use to legitimize their interest in the
medieval past? Is it possible to discern a transition, as postulated by
R. Howard Bloch and Stephen G. Nichols, from appreciation of the
medieval past (gendered female) to scholarship (gendered male)?
2. Continuities and discontinuities between the medieval and the early
How did different perceptions of time (cyclical time, converging time)
and place (the New and the Old World, East and West) provide the
contexts for scholars and artists to inscribe themselves in a tradition?
How did the Middle Ages and the early modern communicate? How did actual
scholarly and artistic work relate to topoi establishing a distance
between the medieval and the contemporary?
3. The interplay of medieval studies and artistic production.
How did literary and visual images of the Middle Ages influence
scholarly practice? And how did scholarship inspire artists, writers and
musicians? What were the processes of cultural transmission from one
disciplinary context to another? How did medieval traditions move
between popular and elite culture, thereby problematizing our view of
the early modern public sphere?

The conference will take place from 21 to 23 August 2008. A volume with
selected papers is scheduled to appear in 2009, and will be edited by
Alicia Montoya, Wim van Anrooij and Sophie van Romburgh. Proposals,
about 300 words, should be sent electronically no later than 1 May 2007,

Alicia C. Montoya (Department of French, University of Leiden):=20
The authors of the proposals that have been accepted will be invited to
participate in the conference before July 2007.

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